Thursday, April 12, 2012

Alternative Spring Break- Day 3

Day 3:
Of all the places we could eat at while here in El Paso we had to make sure to have authentic Mexican food! Tonight we ate at Kiki’s Mexican Restaurant and it was by far the best Mexican food any of us has ever eaten. The tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, beans, rice, quesadillas, carne asada, nachos, and guacamole were all exactly what we needed after the most intense day of work thus far. No one left that restaurant hungry! The food in El Paso just keeps getting better and better.
So what did we do today? We worked from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with only a half hour break for lunch because we are all on a mission to complete our home by the end of our week here in El Paso. Today we painted the second coat on the entire inside of the home as well as finished all of the ceiling sheet rock. Outside we scraped off all the chipping paint, replaced damaged moldings, caulked any cracks, and painted over half of the home. It proved to be the hardest day yet, but also the most inspiring because we also met the family we have been volunteering our time to build a home for. In order to be selected to have a home built by Habitat, the family must agree to volunteer upwards to 200 – 250 hours to help build their home. For a few hours we worked side by side with the mother and her three girls
to help give this family a better life. Seeing the smiles on their faces was all we needed to continue working as hard as we could. By the end of the day we were exhausted, but not one person would say they minded.

During reflection that evening we were discussing what we were going to do on our day off on Thursday, but everyone knew what we had to do. We couldn’t take a break now, we had to keep going! So tomorrow instead of further exploring El Paso, we are going back to the home and continuing to work to give this family something every single person deserves; a decent home to live in.
- Ashley Gray, Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Activities


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